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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Mar 2, 2012 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: battle of the heavyweights

Who do you prefer with Jerry? Melvin or Merl?

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Mar 3, 2012 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

You're comparing apples and oranges here, both are sweet, but in different ways. Two awesome and gifted human beings.

Merl is subtle, almost understated in his approach to the ensemble providing a competent landscape for Garcia to solo within while keeping necessary changes in check.

This early 70s collaboration, Merl introduced Jerry to the language, leaning towards jazz standards, ballads and classics of previous decades. Jerry taught Merl Rock n Roll.

Melvin is a lead organist, he gets Rock n Roll in the same style that Buddy Cage rocked the house with New Riders on pedal steel, Melvins chops and phrasing are sonically way beyond Merl, but the two different styles complimented the effort of the various bands in their day. Brent Mydland was extremely jealous of this cat.

Melvin had that extraordinary ability to lift Garcia during his solos. It's all really really fine shit!

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Poster: Skobud Date: Mar 3, 2012 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Good question - totaly depends on my mood. As a rule I would say Merl...BUT, the JGB late 80's and 90's vibe is a strong contendor, in no small part due to Melvin. Melvin brings the gospel feel to the table, and that just seems to take the tunes(especially the Dylan songs) to a whole nother level. Plus, I LOVE Melvin's solo in Harder They Come. Dig that fake steel drum sound. Saw him do that tune live twice and had my face completely melted by it each time.

Funny thing about this thread is I just found out Melvin and JGB are gonna be playing a small club in Buffalo next Friday and Ill be checking him out. Kinda stoked to see the dude. Have not seen him live in 19 years.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Mar 3, 2012 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Re: "Melvin and JGB playing a small club in Fort Collins"

Jerry Garcia Band, featuring Melvin Seals, played at The Aggie Theater in Fort Collins on April 9, 2009. I live nearby. The "Jerry Garcia Band" lettering was posted boldly on The Aggie Theatre's marquee for about 2 weeks. A guy named Brandon photographed me there on April 9 while I was walking by. He sent me this image from there with his RAPH 800 phone/camera.

monte-JGB.jpg

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 2, 2012 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Melvin by far

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 2, 2012 4:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Melvin

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Poster: WillCo Date: Mar 3, 2012 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

I think it's Melvin for me. I agree with Skobud's post about that gospel, churchy thing that he brought to the band. "That Lucky Old Sun" from the official live double CD comes particularly to mind; his long, swirling, climactic solo is just wonderful. The Dylan songs (e.g. "Simple Twist Of Fate", same album) also feature good solos that always seem to complement Jerry really well.

I also love the Merl Keystone recordings, though, and the "Blues From The Rainforest" CD that Merl and Jerry did together.

The JGB with Keith was also pretty special; let's not forget him.

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Mar 2, 2012 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Merl. But it might have to do with the total package of 70's Jerry vs 80's-90's Jerry. More Blues and Jazz laid backness. Smaller Venues, I would love to have seen them in a club vs the Arena shows I caught. Plus the Horns I am a sucker for the horns I think a sax makes anything sound better. The Fire Up Lp and Keystones. Love Melvin too and still go to see him but if I could pick I would take a Legion of Mary show anyday. Has to do more with the music played than what Merl brought though, if that makes any sense.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 3, 2012 5:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

That's a tough one. I really like Melvin but I have to agree with portmcgroin that I really enjoy the jazzier stuff Jerry leaned towards with Merl. I guess it just depends on my mood. Right now I'm on a Melvin kick because I'm going to see him a couple nights next weekend but up until a week ago I was on a serious Legion of Mary binge.

The short answer is...why choose? they are both great in their own way.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 3, 2012 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: battle of the heavyweights

Is this going to be on Celebrity Death Match?

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